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Mobile Ground Station for CubeSat Operations

Fexer, Sebastian and Hauer, Lars-Christian and Smolko, Alexander and Struß, Mark-Oliver and Solmaz, Pascal and Munzel, Tom-Malte and Thienel, Tom-Hendrik (2018) Mobile Ground Station for CubeSat Operations. CNES Technical Skills Communities: “Satellite TT&C and Data Downlink Antennas", 27.-28. Januar 2016, Toulouse, Frankreich.

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Operators of CubeSats often use Amateur Radio frequencies to get remote access to their small satellites. The frequency bands used are VHF (144-146 MHz), UHF (430-440 MHz) and sometimes also S-Band (2400-2450 MHz). For TT&C and data downlink a ground station is required, special attention has to be drawn on costs and regular maintenance. The lifetime of these antennas and ground station components is usually < 5 years and the service for the complete setup binds manpower. Furthermore, Central European locations for ground stations are not the best choice for LEO satellites on a sun synchronous orbit. This leads to 3-4 overpasses per day, 2 overpasses with a high elevation which results in longer contact time and closer distance. Other locations like Inuvik (CAN) provide more than 12 overpasses per day; northern regions are very interesting for long and more frequent communication times between earth and LEO Satellites. Therefore, the Institute of Space Systems (DLR) in Bremen is developing a remote controlled and mobile ground station for amateur radio frequencies, including antennas, servers and modern transceivers.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119973/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Mobile Ground Station for CubeSat Operations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Fexer, SebastianSebastian.Fexer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hauer, Lars-ChristianLars-Christian.Hauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Smolko, AlexanderAlexandr.Smolko (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Struß, Mark-OliverMark-Oliver.Struss (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Solmaz, PascalPascal.Solmaz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Munzel, Tom-MalteTom.Munzel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Thienel, Tom-HendrikTom.Thienel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:CubeSat; ground station; space; operation
Event Title:CNES Technical Skills Communities: “Satellite TT&C and Data Downlink Antennas"
Event Location:Toulouse, Frankreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:27.-28. Januar 2016
Organizer:CNES ECM TSC
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Controlling, Logistics
Deposited By: Fexer, Sebastian
Deposited On:15 May 2018 12:35
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:17

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